Interdisciplinary before the disciplines: moral sentimentalism and the new science of man

Frazer, Michael (2017) Interdisciplinary before the disciplines: moral sentimentalism and the new science of man. In: Ethical Sentimentalism. Cambridge University Press, pp. 15-31. ISBN 9781107089617

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Abstract

This chapter argues that Enlightenment sentimentalism’s greatest potential contribution to scholarship today is not a matter for moral philosophy alone, but rather an agenda for fruitful collaboration between fields across the humanities and social sciences. This interdisciplinary program for both understanding an improving human nature is contrasted with alternative approaches, and defended against objections that it cannot produce a moral code categorically binding on any rational being as such. The chapter concludes with some sociological and psychological hypotheses that might help explain why the interdisciplinary and sentimentalist approach to ethics, for all its intellectual virtues, has not been adequately appreciated.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 05:09
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 01:07
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63712
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